Solid Ef­fort Sees Grap­plers Come Up Short At Hil­mar

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

In Wed­nes­day’s meet on the road at Hil­mar, a cou­ple of matches got away from Escalon … and that was enough to make the dif­fer­ence.

“We wres­tled a lot bet­ter, but there were two matches we lost that we were way ahead in, they swung the match,” head coach Derek Scott said. “We lost 35-30.” Var­sity grap­plers show­ing well in­cluded Livius Se­ung and Rhys Panero, both of whom de­feated solid Hil­mar wrestlers, along with David Ryan, who won by pin in a match where he bat­tled both his op­po­nent and was com­ing back from ill­ness.

“Most im­pres­sive were Chris­tian Manzo and Marco Men­doza, they beat Hil­mar’s two best kids,” Scott added, even though they knew the fi­nal score was go­ing to be in host Hil­mar’s fa­vor.

The JV Cougars, putting up a 54-22 vic­tory, re­main un­de­feated in league.

“This past week­end, we were two dif­fer­ent places with three dif­fer­ent groups,” Scott ex­plained. “Var­sity guys that didn’t have 40 matches went to Gre­gori.”

The JV boys and var­sity girls, mean­while, went to the Enochs Tour­na­ment.

For the var­sity wrestlers at Gre­gori, Panero took sec­ond place hon­ors with a 3-1 mark at 132 pounds, los­ing in the fi­nals by a 3-0 de­ci­sion.

Livius Se­ung took third place at 132 and, in his first real var­sity tour­na­ment, Brad Hag­glund put to­gether a 3-2 mark at 145 pounds, wrestling well.

At 160 pounds, Ju­lian Gu­tier­rez went 2-3 for sixth place and Stephen Men­dez had the same 2-3 mark at 182, also tak­ing sixth. Al­fredo Zarate took fourth place with a 2-2 mark at 195 pounds.

At Enochs, the JV boys got a sec­ond place show­ing from Gino Stern at 106 pounds, 3-1; Braiden Vega, 106 pounds, 3-1, third place; Marco Silva, 132, 2-1, sec­ond place; Levi Hale, 138, 2-1, sec­ond place; and Dy­lan Dugo, 2-2, heavy­weight, fourth place.

Scott pointed to the ef­fort of Silva as be­ing his best of the year so far and noted that Dugo avenged an ear­lier sea­son loss to a wrestler to fin­ish in the top five.

For the var­sity girls, all three Cougars did well, with Ju­lia Casil­las tak­ing third place at 121 pounds with a 3-2 mark. Adela Ley-Han went 3-2 at 106 pounds for third place and Mikayla Vega went 4-1 at 106 pounds, fin­ish­ing sec­ond.

“She lost in a heart­breaker with about five sec­onds left,” Scott said.

“But we are very en­cour­aged with the girls, we think we could have three state qual­i­fiers.”

The Cougars were sched­uled to be at Moun­tain House for a league meet on Wed­nes­day and then the JV boys and var­sity girls will head to the Elk Grove Tour­na­ment this week­end.

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